Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rory Gilmore book list!

I've had this book marked on my computer for a while and I really want to try to complete it! I've read a couple on here, so my goal is to read them all!

Here is the massive list! If anyone has read any on this list, please let me know what you thought and what ones should be at the top of my list!

Books in Blue are ones I own and plan to read, Red are ones I've completed!

1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – read – Jan 2014
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire 
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber – started and not finished
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 
Daisy Miller by Henry James 
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown 
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen – read
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) 
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - read- Oct 2013
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – read april 2013
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – read april 2014
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – read feb 2014

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (TBR)
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry 
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - read - dec 2012
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – read 2011
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare – read
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – read -2011
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare 
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby 
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers 
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR) 
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy 
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers 
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – read 2012
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – read
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe 
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray 
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire –Reading now!
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum -read- feb 2014
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë- started- didn't finish....
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Four Before Their Time. Book Review.

I just finished this book this morning. Such an amazing story. Not only is it about Anne and the four babies she gives birth to way before they are ready, but of Anne's Father and the love he has for his family.

This is not a fast read. It doesn't have the normal ups and downs that 'normal' fiction books. It's real life and the ups and downs were real, not for the audiences pleasure. Parts were gut wrenching. Hearing Anne talk about how she feels she did something wrong was just so sad. 

It's a book I'm glad I read and one I will most definitely recommend! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Circus Birthday Party!

Since we bought our house in 2012, I've been planning a Circus Birthday for L. We have nice, big vaulted ceilings in the livingroom and I had a dream of turning it into a big top! 

It took 7 hours start to finish to put the big top up. We cut table cloth, hand sewed it onto a hula-hoop, hung it around our ceiling fan and stuck it to the walls. It was the most amazing thing I've ever done! The kids were amazed when they walked in for the party.

I also printed labels for water bottles and made signs for the cotton candy, snow cone and popcorn machines. L wanted 2 different kids of cupcakes instead of a cake this year(which was fine by me!)

We couldn't have had this party without the help of our friends. Tons of our friends came to run booths for us. First up was the concession stand(popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones), a tattoo booth(where each kid got finger mustache tattoos), balloon animals, face painting and a photo booth. 

The sweets were a hit! I loved the balloon animals and the photo booth. So much fun! 

Some photo booth photos! We had tons of fun props for the kids to play around with!

While I was getting lunch ready(hot dogs and corn dogs), The kids all headed down to the basement to play games! Once again our friends came in and ran the games for us!

We had a can toss(many chicken broth cans were saved for months!), a bean bag toss, ring toss, lucky duck pool and pin the nose on L(I took a picture of L in his ring master shirt and blew it up, cut red circles and had the kids stick them to his face. It was a hit!). 

After games, the kids came up to eat and got to go into the prize tent(we moved the concession stand and I put out all of the prizes they could choose from)

Then we did cupcakes! 

The most amazing part of the party was being in our first 'real' home, surrounded by amazing friends, making memories. 

During presents, the kids got in a tissue paper fight. It was so neat to look at these pictures after and see the pure joy on L's face. He is such a happy kid and I'm so happy he had such a great time. Many times during the party he would stop and thank me for putting so much time into the party.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Shore Duty

We are now a year into shore duty. I'm not going to lie, the beginning was hard. I had been married for years but wasn't great at living with someone. I was so used to doing everything on my own that everything was always done my way. If J was 'home' he had duty every third day and didn't get home until 6-8 at night.

But we have found a balance. We've learned to work together and now are working on making our home OURS. Projects are being done and for the first time we are buying things for this house, not things we think could fit in 3 houses down the road when we move. It's different and so amazing.

I have so many things to post about and every time I think I'm going to make time to truly blog again, I fail. I've missed it and maybe now with my office about done, I will have a place to sit and do it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sticks and stones......

Friendships end and with it come harsh words said.

I had a friendship dissolve about a year ago. It was a hard decision that took some time to make. It crushed me at the time and now, months later, I still think about it sometimes.

I try not to say anything hurtful because we were good friends and I don't have anything unkind to be said...except the way things fell apart at the end. I was hurt and crushed by some of the things said/done and while I don't publicly yell it from the roof tops, my close friends listened to the tears as I explained.

Now, I'm hearing things from other random people. I try not to let it get to me, but it bugs me. The latest almost got to me. But my husband told me to stop and think about it.

I was told that I think my son "walks on water". Now, I don't agree with the phrase that was used, but yes, I do think the world of my child. He messes up. He's not perfect. But, I couldn't ask for more from him. He's a sweet, only child who does very well in school. He's kind and thoughtful and a huge help around the house. I love spending time with him. I never long for summer vacation to be over and for him to be out of the house.

So, I would say I'm sorry that I think my son "walks on water" but I'm not. I'm proud of the child I raised and I honestly think most parents think as highly of their child as I do mine. and in a weird way, if that's the worst someone has to say about me, I must be doing something right.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The grass isn't always greener....

Sea Duty was hard, but sometimes, just sometimes, I think shore duty might be harder.

I love my husband so much. He is an amazing husband and father and I hate when he's gone. It feels like a part of me is missing. A few months ago we hit a part in J's career where he will be home for the next few years. I'm used to him being underway, deployed or working 6 days a week for AT LEAST 12 hours a day. It was like that for 6 years. Now, a long work day is him getting home at noon. While this is amazing and he's home for everything, he's bored out of his mind. He likes to work, he likes to get things done and feel like he's contributing. Now, because he's bored he's hit that stage where he does nothing. NOTHING. and I was slowly losing my mind.

We are slowly getting past this point in our lives. He's started taking college classes again, we teach Sunday school together at church(oh my goodness 10 year olds are fun!) and it takes weekly planning, sports have started and we are coming together as a family. With this I have time to blog again! I just hope I can keep up with it since I've really missed it. Who knows if I really have any readers anymore, but I know my family back home will enjoy the updates.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Deployment Weekly Recap: Week 10!

Emotional: GREAT! It's December!!!!

Physical: Good!

Communication: A email. I don't mind though. I know hes busy and so am I!

What's something fun you did this week: Steph and I went to the movies! It was so much fun. 

 What are you looking forward to next week: I have no idea! I'm just trying to get the house all ready for Christmas and our visitors!

What made you happy this week: A good friend told me shes pregnant! They've been trying for a little while and she had been so disappointed.  I feel so blessed that I was with her when she found out!
What made you sad/mad this week: Judgemental people and jealousy. I don't understand why people live their lives with such DARK feelings ruling them. Then they try to pull other people down with them!
What do you miss this week: Someone to laugh with.
How's Landon this week: He's had a rough week. I think the cold weather and not getting to play outside as much is getting to him.
Favorite song/show/movie of the moment: Glee!!! Buying all three season on DVD was one of the best things I've done. Haha.
Pictures from this week:

Landon found my OLD camera and on it were pictures I don't remember having! This one was when landon was only 1! Seems like forever ago!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Deployment Weekly Recap: Week 9!

Emotional: I'm doing good! It's almost December!!!!

Physical: Doing good! My only problem is I've been having a hard time falling asleep at night.

Communication: A few great emails and a surprise one on Thanksgiving!

What's something fun you did this week: The FRG has been doing some great events and it's been so nice to get out and do fun things with great people!

What are you looking forward to next week: The movies with Steph!!!!
What made you happy this week: Setting up the tree with Little on Thanksgiving night. We always set it up in the dark(with the lights of the tree on), drink cocoa and listen to Christmas music! It was really amazing spending that time with him in our first home.

What made you sad/mad this week: Charlee got out and long story short, the people a few houses over aren't high on my list. They were nice enough but the teenage boy was not too pleasant. He's one of those know it all kids and was going on and on about what I should do. Then they informed me that they fed her! She had only been gone for 30 minutes! She wasn't starving and now, she is going to get sick(which happenes when you feed a dog food their stomaches aren't used to!). It was a major hassle!

What do you miss this week: J's help when something goes wrong. It's nice to have a back up and someone to help.

How's Landon this week: He's had a few whiny moments and some REALLY amazing ones. I'm so happy that hes doing so well this deployment(I really think our count down helps a lot!)

Favorite song/show/movie of the moment: Anything Christmas!

Pictures from this week:

Little told me he wanted to get pictures with Santa this year. He was so cute and I even overheard him tell Santa that if he can't bring him anything, It's ok, that he just really wants him to bring his mom a nice surprise. He's so sweet.

J sent me a new house for my Mickey Village!(the yellow one!). I'm so excited to really start collecting them!

I got the digital download of Little's school pictures yesterday! I love them! I was worried this year because they have to wear uniforms to school. But, I think they turned out adorable!

Me & Little at Clyde's Cider Mill with some of the ladies from the boat. We had a great time!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Deployment Weekly Recap: Week 8!

Emotional: I'm doing good still! Getting ready for the holidays and visitors keeps me busy and happy!

Physical: Vitamins are helping me not be so sleepy!

Communication: The last of phone calls early in the week(last weekend)

What's something fun you did this week: The sister missionaries came over and helped me paint my bedroom! I HATED it. It was the only paint in the house that I couldn't stand which made me not like my room. We also painted or old headboard and my night stand!
What are you looking forward to next week: Thanksgiving dinner with Jenny and the kids! Also, having a few days of with Landon!
What made you happy this week: Landon being such a big helper and doing things before hes even asked. We've gotten a few more rooms done and it feels great having the house come together!

What made you sad/mad this week: Stephanies baby sitter got sick so we couldn't go to our movie date. Super bummed! But we will do it another day!

What do you miss this week: Snuggling on the couch when its cold outside.

How's Landon this week: Still doing great! Super helpful and doing amazing in school!

Favorite song/show/movie of the moment: Taylor Swifts new album! It's amazing!

Pictures from this week:

My 'new' bedroom! I have new bedding I want to put on today! The walls were an awful green, headboard was a med Wood color and night stand was black!

The hat J bought me in port! He wrote me and told me that he got me something....."I got you a gift today! It's ugly and I hate it, therefore, you will love it" Haha. I miss him.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

One of those days....

Today is Little's school picture day.
We woke up a little early and he was a DREAM getting out of bed. Got right up, bushed teeth and got dressed. We packed his backpack, got shoes and socks on, refixed his tie and after snapping a new pictures we headed out the door!
All was well until we were ALMOST to the car...it was only a foot away! He tripped. In the mud. His knees got muddy but thank goodness his white sweater was spared! Running back into the house to change pants we went(this is a Major perk of uniforms for school! I knew exactly where two more pairs of clean uniform pants were!)
We got back in the car and were going to make it to school with 2 minutes to spare! THEN the long line of cars wouldn't let me over to get on the freeway. There is nowhere to turn around. Off to the next spot to get on. We were now 5 minutes late.
We parked in one of the furthest spots from the door and walked hand in hand into school. Even though our morning was a little hectic there in the end. It made me smile when I got back to my car. Normally I drop him off in the drop off line and he walks in by himself. Going in with him was a little blessing today. I got extra hugs and kisses and it was the most amazing part of my day.
Now enjoy how stinkin' cute he looked!